One hundred and fifty six persons who were evacuated from South Sudan arrived on an aircraft at the international airport in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
This was part of the 'Operation Sankat Mochan' to evacuate Indians from country initiated by the Centre and was led by Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh.
"There were more than 500 Indians evacuated. Over 300 Indians will continue to stay there for their business interests. About 150 Indians are there who work in the oil wells and for them it's easier to go towards Sudan where there are not much issues," Singh said while talking to reporters.
"While I was there, I spoke to the vice president of South Sudan and he told me what they are doing with regards the safety of the people there," the minister added.